Posts tagged: evaluation

Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

18 January 2017


Welcome to day 3 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day three

Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more.

There’s so much information, it can become overwhelming. Why not explore ways of using your devices and applications to filter, store, organise and manage information effectively?

Note taking
One Note

Document reader
Feedly (helps you keep on top of news and literature in your field)

Pocket (save webpages to view later, even without an internet connection)


For more apps, check out this curating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

Peer Review. What’s it all about?

29 October 2014

You may see or have been told to look for journals and journal articles  which are ‘peer reviewed’. But what does that mean? Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a collaborative process that means articles submitted to a to a journal are evaluated and by independent experts within the same field of research- their ‘peers’.

They evaluate and assess articles and provide authors with feedback to improve their work and provides valuable information to the editor to assess the paper’s suitability for publication in the journal.

Peer review can help to alert authors of any gaps in their research and also should ensure their work is original and meets any relevant ethics standards.

Many databases (such as Academic Search Premier) do give you a way to limit your results to peer –reviewed journals whereas others, (such as Medline) don’t need to as the majority (99%) of their articles are always peer reviewed.


SOLAR often indicates it like this:

peer review




If you would like to know more about peer review, watch this short video extract with the lovely Brian Cox- you will need to log in to view this with your network username and password:

Tips for evaluating websites

21 August 2014

web searchingAre you using information from websites in your research and wondering how you can tell if it’s a good resource to use?  If so, there are a number of checks you can run  through when evaluating a website which will tell you if it’s a reliable and trustworthy resource suitable for your academic work.


Firstly, ask yourself a couple of questions:

Is the website from a credible source?

Does the website help advance your argument?

Is it relevant to your topic?

Then, run a few checks when reviewing the website…

  • Check the source of the information (You can often look at the domain name for some help with this; does it have an .edu, or a .gov domain name for example?)
  • Check when the website was last updated (Is it recent?  Does it even have a date?  If not, you need to be cautious about using it)
  • Check the author out (Is there an authors name attached to it?  Do you recognize the author as an expert in the field? Remember, an author can be a company or an organization as well as an individual person.  again, if there is no author evident you need to be cautious about using it)
  • Check the content and look for any possible bias (Is the author trying to promote, publicise or sell anything?  Is the website heavily biased towards one side of an argument?  If so, take this into account when using it in your work)

These short checks should help you to evaluate a website and will assist you when deciding how reliable a website is.

Finally, don’t forget to reference anything you use in your academic work that you have found on the web!

Is it a hoax?

22 July 2014

Learning to evaluate information is an important skill that you’ll develop at University. Deciding if a source can be trusted is crucial when you’re writing essays, for example. But do you apply that skill when you’re online?

Whether it’s an email from a stranger asking for money in your inbox, or a story that’s doing the rounds on Twitter or Facebook, it’s important to evaluate what you see online too.

If you’re not sure about a story you’ve seen online, check out Hoax Slayer It rounds up the latest email hoaxes and internet scams.

Feel like your evaluation skills are on form? Then check out this video:

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(Convinced? It’s an April Fool’s hoax made by Google)